Three dogs are being kept in quarantine at the South L.A. Animal Shelter after authorities say they attacked several people on Tuesday.
One of the victims, a woman in her 60s, was mauled right in front of Manhattan Place Elementary School.
Leadell Ivory was in the schoolyard when the attack occurred.
“We heard screaming and yelling at the front gate,” Leadell Ivory said. “This corner is where they had pinned her down, but she was putting up a pretty good fight.”
When he realized the gate was locked, the ex-marine jumped over the fence and pulled the dogs off the woman.
“They had bit to the meat of her ankle, so it was a pretty gory site,” Ivory said.
He helped take her into the school nurse, where Principal Gonzalo Bayardo called paramedics.
Students were kept inside for almost an hour after dismissal time, until it was clear the danger was over.
“The priority is the kids, and the staff at the school and the parents, making sure that everyone was safe, so that’s why we didn’t dismiss until I make sure the LAPD and animal control were here,” school principal Gonzalo Bayardo said.
The dogs were eventually caught, but not before attacking several other people in the neighborhood, police said.
The dogs are believed to be two Belgian Malinois and a Dutch Shepard, shelter officials said.
So far, authorities say no one has come forward to claim them.